Bad News Bears

There’s a lot of shooting the messenger going on at the moment.

An article in the New York Times, or a wrong word in a report from the IMF, and they’re off.

‘There has been comment which has been neither helpful nor, in my view, appropriate, and I would like to move on from that,’ Mary Coughlan said on response to Paul Krugman’s now infamous ‘Erin Go Broke’ NYT column.

‘These figures should not be relied on as a measure of likely cost for Ireland or any other country,’ the taoiseach said in response to a IMF calculation of the cost of rescuing Irish banks.

This week’s first casualty of the War on Bad News was George Lee. By making the move from commentary to politics, George gave Fianna Fáil an opportunity they couldn’t ignore. Everything George has said for the past few years is now suspect, they intoned. The man is biased.

But the strangest Harbinger of Doom is Patricia McKenna. There’s always been something slightly off about Patricia. Maybe it’s the wide open stare, or the girlish giggles at odd moments.

How odd then to find myself agreeing when she says the Green party has lost its way.

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.